Wednesday, May 6, 2015

M.I.A. plc releases traffic results for April 2015

Malta IAP hosted 392,676 passengers in April, registering an increase of 4.2% over the same month in 2014. April’s passenger growth is in line with the increase in aircraft movements of 4.1% which translated to a seat capacity increase over last year. 

April also saw growth in the seat load factor, which measures the percentage of filled seats on each flight, to 77.8%, compared to 76.7% during the same period in 2014.

Most of last month’s growth came from traffic to and from Italy and Germany. The German market increased by 11.8%. This tallied to 5,836 more passengers than in 2014, largely due to the fact that the Cruise and Fly operation was launched earlier this year. The airport also registered an increase in traffic to and from Milan, Rome and Catania which contributed to 13.9% more passengers in the Italy market when compared to last year. Spain also re-entered the airport’s top market list with a 15% increase in traffic over 2014.
 
Notably, traffic from Poland doubled in April, putting it in 6th place on the airport’s top destinations list. The British market shrank by 3.1% with slight drops registered on Manchester and London-Gatwick flights and reduced operations on regional routes. Traffic from France was also reduced by 2.7%.

Meanwhile, the maximum take-off weight (MTOW) increased by 2.7% and cargo and mail decreased by 2%. (Source: maltairport.com, 5-May-2015)